Jude chapter 1

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3Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 5I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. 8Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 9Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. 10But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

What does Jude chapter 1 mean?

The Book of Jude stresses the urgency of opposing false teaching. The writer, Jude, was an apostle and a half-brother of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was also a brother of the apostle James (Jude 1:1). He had planned to write about the salvation he and his readers had in common, but the threat of apostates—those who had rejected the truth and had turned away from God—persuaded him otherwise. Instead, he chooses to warn his readers about these apostates, and to help them understand that apostates will ultimately face divine judgment for their immoral lifestyle and evil teachings. He carefully distinguishes true believers from apostates by identifying true believers as "called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ" (Jude 1:1). He also identifies them as his "beloved," or "dear friends" in some translations (Jude 1:3, 17), and encourages them to keep the faith and to minister to others (Jude 1:21–23). He assures them that God is able to preserve them and present them before himself faultless and with great joy (Jude 1:24).

Jude's brother James was head of the church at Jerusalem (Acts 15:1–2, 12–21). He wrote the book of James to expose hypocritical faith and to show what real faith is and how it works. Like Jude, James refers to himself simply as a servant: He was "a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ" (James 1:1).
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